Fired Up! event features contests, performances

QCS Photo: Steve Hansen

The four- and five-year-old candidates for the Princess Cari contest are interviewed by Karen Alarcorn (right) of radio station KTNM.  The candidates are from left, Rhiannon Rey-Montoya, Cambry Benevidez, Melanie Otero, Mikiyah Reese and  Malea Mericle. Rhiannon Rey-Montoya won the contest at the Fired Up! event Saturday.

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor About 2,000 visitors watched competing blacksmiths, fire dancers and a pottery maker, among other attractions and demonstrations at the fourth annual Fired Up! event from 4 p.m. to 9  p.m. Saturday. As with previous Fired Up! events, the focal point of the downtown Tucumcari event was the Tucumcari Train […]

Rainfall brings harvests, cheer and caution

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer This fall, Quay County farmers who receive irrigation water from the Arch Hurley Conservancy District will be harvesting their first irrigated crops of corn, hay grazer feed, sunflowers, milo and alfalfa since 2010. “The rains over the spring have provided the moisture needed to start crops and has fed […]

EDC members reminded of need to promote Tucumcari

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Tucumcari City Commissioner John Mihm urged fellow members of the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Commission board of directors at their September meeting  to take promotional literature about Quay County with them when they travel out of town. When he attended an out-of-town convention recently, he said, he took some […]

Commission gives final approval to construct water line

The Tucumcari City Commission Thursday gave final approval to an ordinance releasing $2.2 million to build a  water transmission pipeline from the well fields at Five Mile Park into Tucumcari. The money comes from the New Mexico Finance Authority and the state’s Water Trust Board. The new line will replace a transmission line that was […]

Mesalands gets career education grant

QCS Staff Mesalands Community College will receive more than $553,600 in federal funding designed to  provide innovative training programs, in partnership with local businesses, to help adults advance into high-wage careers, according to a news according to a joint news release from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich (both D-N.M.) The funding is part […]

Mesalands Stampede Week events climax with rodeo

Special to QCS TUCUMCARI, NM- Mesalands Community College has invited the entire community to get involved with Stampede Week from Monday to Oct. 11. Stampede Week activities are designed to celebrate the Seventh Annual Mesalands Community College Grand Canyon Region Intercollegiate Rodeo.  The rodeo will be held Oct. 10-11 at the Quay County Rodeo Arena. […]

Fourth building in a month destroyed by suspicious fire in Tucumcari

QCS photo: Thomas Garcia
Tucumcari volunteer firefighters extinguish hot spots at an abandoned house that burned to the ground Friday night on the 800 block of East Main Street. Tucumcari Fire Chief Larry Rigdon said there were two fires set at abandoned buildings Friday night, bringing the total of suspicious fires in Tucumcari up to five in the past month.

QCS Staff An abandoned house at East Main and South Dawson streets, Tucumcari, was destroyed and a second abandoned building damaged in suspicious fires Friday night, according to Larry Rigdon, Tucumcari Fire Chief. Rigdon said Friday night’s fires bring the total of suspicious fires in the city within one month to five.  While firefighters were […]

Voters approve emergency dispatch tax hike

Note: This story has been updated with the county commission’s canvass of the vote reaffirming the totals, and correcting the vote at San Jon to 35 in favor of the measure and 10 against.  Early and absentee voting results were also added. By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor Quay County voters decided to impose a 0.25-percent […]

Mesalands plans $8 million expansion in Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer Mesalands Community College plans to expand with a new animal/equine science and fine arts building and rodeo grounds on land leased from the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, college president Thomas Newsomsaid. The $8 million expansion will be located on 92 acres on the west side of Tucumcari near […]

Latin Comedy Jam’s success prompts second show

QCS Photo: Thomas Garcia
Roberto Rodriquez comes out pumping his fist and dancing to the music to get the crowd excited Saturday night during the  Latin Comedy Jam at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

By Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer   Over 300 Tucumcari and Quay County residents were delighted by the performances in the Latin Comedy Jam Saturday night at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The performers had a great time, too, and are already planning a return engagement. “It was an excellent show. I really hope they come […]